(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
3,000m world record holder said on Wednesday he will auction the
spikes he used to break the record that has stood for 18 years
in a bid to conserve water towers.
Komen, the Kenyan who set the world mark in the distance in 1996
in Rieti, Italy while aged 21, said in Nairobi that he will
donate the shoes for auction in the U.S. to raise money to
conserve Kenya’s Tana River water towers.
shoes I ran in when I set the world record can fetch a lot of
money when auctioned, especially in Atlanta, the headquarters
of Coca Cola Company, which is spearheading conservation
efforts of the water towers,” Komen said when the beverage
company presented a donation of 150,000 U.S. dollars for the
management of the water shed.
who is the Goodwill Ambassador for Nairobi Water Fund, and who
out of the limelight now runs a private school with his wife
Joyce, said he will also implore the school board to make a
worthy contribution towards the same cause.
former middle-and long-distance runner whose time of 7:20. 67
has stood the test of time also insinuated that his world record
is not likely to be broken any time soon.
only other person who could have done so was Morocco’s
Hicham El Guerrouj whose attempt at the mark yielded a modest
7:23. 00 to make him the second fastest man at the distance.
However, that is all gone and the record still stands,”
who is remembered for his rivalry with Haile Gebrselassie of
Ethiopia, had his most notable achievements in a two-year period
between 1996 and 1998, during which he broke a string of world
also holds the world record in the 3,000m indoors which he set
in 1998 in a time of 7:24.90.
addition to his world record in the 2-mile race that he set in
1997, Komen remains the only man in history to run back-to-back
Mboya, President of the Coca Cola Africa Foundation who
presented the cheque to the Nature Conservancy for the
preservation efforts, said the donation will help to catalyze
tangible improvements in the quality and quantity of water
available to downstream users from a basin that is indispensable
for Kenya’s domestic ad industrial needs.